Photoshop Elements
Lasso Tool


KEYBOARD SHORTCUT: L


Photoshop Elements Lasso Tool is one of the most-used Selection Tools in Elements.

It lets you quickly make Freehand Selections.

But if you don't understand how it works, it can be frustrating trying to get it to do what you want.

Watch the video below to learn all about how to use the Lasso Tool in Photoshop Elements.


Once you master how to use it, the Lasso Tool might become one of your favorite Selection Tools.



Some Things To Remember . . .


ZOOM IN ON THE AREA THAT YOU WANT TO SELECT

I forgot to mention it in the video, but if you zoom in on the area that you want to select with the Lasso Tool, you can usually get a better Selection.

To zoom in, go to the Toolbox and click on the Zoom Tool (keyboard shortcut: Z) to make it active. Then click-and-drag around the area that you want to Select.

Then make the Lasso Tool the active tool by clicking on it in the Toolbox and draw your Selection.


PRESS "CAPS LOCK" TO CHANGE YOUR CURSOR
TO CROSS-HAIRS


DO THE BEST YOU CAN TO SELECT THE DESIRED AREA

Make your Selection carefully but if it's not perfect you can add or subtract the bad parts.

It's usually faster than starting the Selection over from scratch.


TO "ADD TO" YOUR SELECTION . . .

  • Place Your Cursor INSIDE The Selected Area
  • Press-And-Hold The Shift Key
  • Press-and-Hold The Mouse Button
  • Let Go Of The Shift Key
  • Overlap A Bit Of Where You Left Off On Your Selection
  • Overlap A Bit Of Your Original Selection Before Closing Your New Selection
  • Let Go Of The Mouse To Complete Adding To Your Selection

YOU CAN ALSO "ADD" 1 OR MORE SEPARATE SELECTIONS TO YOUR PHOTO

I selected two separate grapes in the photo below.

Here's how to do it:

  • Select your first area (in our example, one of the grapes)
  • Place your cursor over the starting point of the second area (the other grape) you want to select
  • Press-And-Hold The Shift Key
  • Press-and-Hold The Mouse Button
  • Let Go Of The Shift Key
  • Select your second area
  • Let Go Of The Mouse To Complete


TO "REMOVE FROM" YOUR SELECTION . . .

  • Place Your Cursor OUTSIDE The Selected Area
  • Press-And-Hold The Option Key On A Mac Or The Alt Key On A PC
  • Press-and-Hold The Mouse Button
  • Let Go Of The Option/Alt Key
  • Overlap A Bit Before The Area Of Your Selection That You Want To Remove
  • Overlap A Bit After The Area Of Your Selection That You Want To Remove
  • Let Go Of The Mouse To Complete Removing From Your Selection

Give Photoshop Elements Lasso Tool a chance and you'll get to like it a lot for those areas that are tough to select with the other Selection Tools.

Until next time,
Rick


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